- Posted August 6, 2013 by
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Stonecrest Mall's Back to School Expo was filled with excited students!
By Morgan B. Matthews, OurTown National News Editor,
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Way before the vendor tables were setting up at 11:00 to get ready for the massive mall crowds to the Annual Back to School Expo at Stone Crest Mall presented by CrossRoads News, Jennifer Parker in Lithonia, Ga on Saturday, August 3, 2013, ample electricity was already at a fire pitch.
The Expo took place starting at 12:00 pm. The crowded mall started to get very excited as the first act on the scene, "Hero the Band" took no time to make hundreds of new loyal female fans. The band consists of four young brothers from South West Dekalb High School. They performed with much enthusiasm and vigor.
In addition, family members were treated to several free community and business services, such as AAA Auto South, Dekalb County Board of Health providing free test and Immunizations.
Community leaders like, Sherry Boston of Dekalb County Solicitor General's Office, Rainbow Push, MT Innovations' CEO, Tricia Bailey, provided car pledge stickers, "Get Off And Drive" Campaign, which advocates Against Distracted Driving. This was Ms. Bailey's first time at this Expo.
Several Entertainer's were on Hand to wow the crowd they were the Sh'Boss Boys, The Beulah Boys, Chetajah"taj" George, Conservatory Of Dance, , and countless others.
The two main events which was the most anticipated was the $250.00 Mall Shopping Spree, and for the IKEA Grand Prize Drawing which consists of three people winning a 30 minute Shopping Spree.
The spree will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2013 at Atlantic Station, in Atlanta, Ga.
Each participant had to visit each vendor table to get a code from the Owners for the drawing.
Ms. Bailey admitted that she caught herself regressing to her head cheer leading enthusiasm, but what stuck in her mind, was when a pretty little girl walked up to her booth with her mother, and noticed a picture of Anderson Livsey Elementary, and the young student who is entering the second grade, smile with glee, and stated, " That's my school !"
Ms. Bailey adds, "The genuine joy from this young girl made all the hectic preparations, all worthwhile. She was so proud and excited to return to school."
Anderson Livsey Elementary is located just inside of Gwinnett County off Centerville Hwy.
Every year the ' Back to School Expo ' is very helpful and resourceful for both the young and the old, alike. Moreover, this event allows our community leaders to come together, and throw egos to the side, to focus on one thing...The education of our country's future leaders.
From OurTown Media, we would like to say Good Luck and be safe to all returning students.